Esoteric Science and Philosophy

Esoteric Science and Philosophy

Service

 As a disciple, you are getting into contact [or trying to, if you did not already] with the Soul. On its own plane the Soul is love-wisdom and service is part of its agenda or expression. As the Soul takes more and more control of its vehicle on earth, that service to humanity is just natural and part of its expression, and will later turn into service to the Hierarchy as well as to assist the Plan of evolution. All this is part of our spiritual journey to give expression to the purpose of the Soul and will result into greater efficiency in service. As we become more group conscious we think less of ourselves and more of the group, and give priority to what is good for the group. The growth in spiritual realisation and the lifting of humanity is all that counts then. This is the way of the new age. The need of the world is greater than the need, or ambition, of any individual. Even his spiritual happiness must go into the background as he helps to carry the cross of the world. Only if your consciousness is such, can you be part of a Master’s group and can you be of help to the Hierarchy. That is what They are and that is what you must become if you want to be part of it.

We can study, go to church, sit and meditate, be mystical and have a dreamy consciousness and look holy but, unless we express it in service, we are going nowhere. Service is our only way of expression. It makes the love-wisdom or divinity in you a fact, and is the only way that we can proof to ourselves that we are awakened Souls. As it is said in the Bible by Christ; “By their deeds, they shell be known.”  

Gossip on personal progress on the path, spiritual selfishness and other bad habits, can only be broken by forgetting yourself in service and comradeship.

We can thus see why the Tibetan Master said: ”The Science of Service is of greater importance than the Science of Meditation”. Through it we can cooperate with the Hierarchy in using the Plan to solve human and word problems.

We must not forget that we are already serving in our responsibility to those many lesser lives which, in their sum total, compose our triple body of manifestation. This is our first duty, the microcosm, and then the spiritual responsibilities in the macrocosm, the world, of which the microcosm is but an infinitesimal small part.

We must also remember that service is also an occult safeguard for the student of esoteric teachings and occult meditation to channel potent energies in outgoing service. Furthermore, true spiritual service is also a method and technique by which contact with the Soul and the Hierarchy may be established and strengthened, and that is why it is the goal of esoteric discipleship training.

So, we can say, all this means the achieving of a soul-infused life, here and now, where as an Aquarian disciple, the will-to-love must be strenuously invoked.  

 

Basis of true service.

 The indwelling consciousness of Deity, having worked its way through the subhuman kingdoms in nature, needed the activity of the Solar Angels [the “Lords of Knowledge and Compassion and of ceaseless persevering devotion”, us] to make further progress possible. The sacrifice of the Solar Angels brought the fourth kingdom in nature into being with deliberation and full understanding, and took human bodies in order to raise those lower forms of life nearer to the goal. Herein lies:

1.          Our service to God, through sacrifice and death;   

2.          Our service to other souls, through deliberate self-sacrificing purpose;

3.          Our service to other forms of life in other kingdoms.

All this involves the death and sacrifice of a Son of God, a Solar Angel, for, from the angle of Deity, descent into matter, manifestation through form, the taking of a body, and extension of consciousness through the process of incarnation, are occultly considered to be death. But the Angels “chose to die, and in dying, lived.” Through their sacrifice, matter is lifted up into Heaven. This is the mystery hinted at in the world of Scriptures, and this is the secret of the ages, which is only discovered by the souls of men as each of them enters individually into conscious relation with his own soul and discovers that which he has joyously done in the past, and so arrives at the realisation of that supreme sacrifice which he made with deliberation in the early dawn of time itself and which, at some point in his career as a soul on earth, he consciously and symbolically re-enacts for the benefit of other souls, in order to hasten their progress towards their goal. This, in short is the basis of true service and why service is the most outstanding soul quality.

We can thus see why service is a soul instinct, the outstanding characteristic of the soul, just as desire is the outstanding characteristic of the lower nature. It is group desire, just as in the lower nature it is personality desire. It is the urge to group good. It cannot, therefore, be taught or imposed upon a person as a desirable evidence of aspiration, functioning from without, and based upon a theory of service. It is simply the first effect of the inflowing force of the soul,  which is the major factor leading to demonstrated service, and the first real effort, evidenced upon the physical plane, of the fact that the soul is beginning to express itself in outer manifestation. Thus, if care over the essential of service [soul contact] is taken, then the service rendered will flow with spontaneity along the right lines, and bear much fruit.

  We must not forget that all of us are already serving in our responsibility to those many lesser lives which, in their sum total, compose our triple body of manifestation. This is our first duty, the microcosm, and then the spiritual responsibilities in the macrocosm, the world, of which the microcosm is but an infinitesimal small part. We can thus see why the Tibetan Master said; ”The Science of Service is of greater importance than the Science of Meditation”. Through it we can cooperate with the Hierarchy in using the Plan to solve human and word problems.

We can also say that service, for the personality, is part of the way to earn the right to evolve to a higher stage of awareness. The heights of the spirit can be scaled by passing through the gateway of humility, service and veneration, where we develop within ourselves the deeply rooted feeling that there is something higher than ourselves so we can find the strength to evolve to a higher stage, where we can be of even greater service. 

 

Outstanding characteristics.

By a conscious and deliberate effort to develop the intuition and to achieve illumination, the disciple has reached the goal of light and wisdom, where he automatically has a field of influence which extends both up and down, and which reaches both inwards to the source of light, and outwards into the “fields of darkness”. When he has thus attained, he will become a conscious centre of life giving force, and will be so without effort. He has made contact with the Soul and can only now start to do service, where this service has become part of his psychological makeup as it always was, as a part [aspect] of the Soul. He has become service.

 Gossip on personal progress on the path, spiritual selfishness and other bad habits, can only be broken by forgetting yourself in service and comradeship.

We must also remember that service is also an occult safeguard for the student of esoteric teachings and occult meditation to channel potent energies in outgoing service. Furthermore, true spiritual service is also a method and technique by which contact with the Soul and the Hierarchy may be established and strengthened, and that is why it is the goal of esoteric discipleship training.

 The master looks not at a worker’s worldly force or status, not at the number of people who are gathered around his personality, but at the motives which prompt his activity and at the effect of his influence upon his fellow men.

True service is the spontaneous outflow of a loving heart and an intelligent mind; it is the result of being in the right place and staying there; it is produced by the inevitable inflow of spiritual force and not by strenuous physical plane activity; it is the effect of a man’s being what he truly is, a divine Son of God and not by the studied effect of his words or deeds.

A true server gathers around him those whom it is his duty to serve and aid by the force of his life and his spiritualised personality, and not by his clams or loud speaking. In self-forgetfulness he serves; in self-abnegation he walks the earth, and he gives no thought to the magnitude or the reverse of his accomplishments, and has no pre- conceived ideas as to his own value or usefulness. He lives, serves, works and influences, asking nothing for the separated self.

 He will stimulate energise, and vivify to fresh efforts all lives that he contacts, be they his fellow aspirants, or an animal, or a flower. He will act as a transmitter of light in the darkness, dispel the glamour around him, and let in the radiance of reality.

 He sees to it that his attitude towards all teaching is that of willing service, with no thought of self. The growth in spiritual realisation, and the lifting of humanity, is that which is of moment, and not his own personal growth or development. He will grow, and his soul will take increasing hold upon its instrument, when his mind and effort are turned towards group service and when his tongue is rendered harmless, through the inflow of love.

 

 Relation of sacrifice to service.

 Service is usually interpreted as exceedingly desirable, and it is seldom realised how very difficult service essentially is. It involves so much sacrifice of time and of interest, and of one’s own ideas, it requires exceedingly hard work, because it necessitates effort, conscious wisdom, and the ability to work without attachment.

 Too much emphasis has been laid upon the process whereby the lower nature is to be subjugated to the higher Law of Service, and the idea of sacrifice, in its worst implications, has been develop. This idea emphasises the necessary and inevitable clashing between the lower nature, working under its own laws, and the higher aspects as they work under the spiritual laws. When the sacrifice of the lower to the higher assumes great proportions, then the word becomes quite suitable. There is sacrifice. There is suffering. There is a painful process of detachment. There is a long effort to let the spiritual life flow through, whilst steadily the personality throws up one barrier and obstruction after another. When the personal lower self is subordinated to the higher rhythms and obedient to the new Law of Service, then the life of the soul will begin to flow through the man to others, and the effect in a man’s immediate family and group  will be to demonstrate a real understanding and a true helpfulness. As the flow of [spiritual] life becomes stronger through use, the effect will spread out from the small family, to the surrounding family group and to the neighbourhood. A wider range of contacts will become possible.

The lesson needs to be learned [and it is the lesson which man is now engaged in learning] that death as the human consciousness knows it, pain and sorrow, loss and disaster, joy and distress, are only such because man, as yet, identifies himself with the life of the form and not with the life and consciousness of the soul, the solar angel, whose awareness is potentially that of the planetary Deity, Whose greater awareness [in His turn] is potentially that of the solar Deity. The moment a man identifies himself with the soul and not with  his form, then he understand the Law of Sacrifice; [Each kingdom in nature offers sacrifice to the next succeeding kingdom in the evolutionary sequence.] he is spontaneously governed by it; and he is one who will with deliberate intent, choose to die. But there is no pain, no sorrow, and no real death involved. Sacrifice is really, complete conformity to the will of Cod as man sees it in the Plan. It is the will-to-good which made creation possible and inevitable, and which was the true cause of manifestation.

The concept of sacrifice has permeated all the teaching anent the Crucifixion or the Renunciation Initiation, both in the East and in the West. This is a sacrifice idea associated with the concept of pain, agony, suffering, patience, prolongation and death. Yet the true root of the word remains the same and gives the true significance: “Sacer”, to make holy; that is what in truth happens to the initiate; he is “set apart” for spiritual development and service. He is separated off from that which is natural, material, transmitted and handicapping, trammelling and destructive, and from that which lessens right activity for that which is new. He learns to define the Wholeness which is his divine right and prerogative.

The work of the disciple in preparation of initiation is not basically concerned with his daily world service, though there would be no initiation for him if that life of service were lacking. His life of service is, in reality, an expression of the particular initiation for which he is being prepared.

 

From the works of AAB and DK.